Donor steps up for Stayer Park shelter

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff


THE CITY OF Plymouth has received an anonymous $110,000 grant toward the cost of constructing an open-air park shelter/performance area (A, above) that would be a centerpiece of the planned rehabilitation of the Stayer Park/Mullet River area downtown that has been undertaken by the city. The photo below shows a possible design for the proposed shelter. — Drawings/photo courtesy MSA Associates THE CITY OF Plymouth has received an anonymous $110,000 grant toward the cost of constructing an open-air park shelter/performance area (A, above) that would be a centerpiece of the planned rehabilitation of the Stayer Park/Mullet River area downtown that has been undertaken by the city. The photo below shows a possible design for the proposed shelter. — Drawings/photo courtesy MSA Associates PLYMOUTH – An anonymous donor has stepped forward to fill in another piece of the plan for upgrading the downtown section of the Mullet River corridor.

City Administrator Brian Yerges Wednesday announced a $110,000 grant to the Stayer Park rehabilitation project planned for 2017 in downtown Plymouth.

“This anonymous award specifically funds an openair park shelter/ performance pavilion, a critical portion of the rehab of Stayer Park,” Yerges said in a press release announcing the donation.

“(This is) good news as we continue to make progress on the project,” Yerges added.

The plans for the area between the Mullet River and Mill Street from Stafford Street to the Eastern Avenue Mullet River bridge grew out of the Mullet River Corridor Study prepared by MSA Associates for the a city study committee in 2015.

The city has begun work on parts of that plan to create a unified park/community space in that area, with the help of private groups and donations.

Last year, Ralph Stayer and Johnsonville Sausage helped kick off the park project by announcing

$300,000 challenge grant to get fundraising off the ground.

The Plymouth Lions Club is spearheading a fundraising effort for an upgraded playground area as part of the project. The park would be a recognition of the club’s more than 40 years of service to the city and area.

The Lions recently donated $100,000 to the city for the ADA-inclusive playground, which they are working city officials to design and build. Earlier this winter, the city paid for the demolition of the ramp leading from the park area to the upper level of the municipal parking structure at the east end of Mill Street. That work was intended to create more space for park and other developments along the riverfront, as well as reconfigured parking and reducing traffic congestion.

Other parts of the plan for the area include new public restrooms, new pavement for parking and drive areas, burying electrical lines, new park lighting, and trail and sidewalk improvements.

The anonymous donors of the $110,000 for the shelter/performance pavilion live outside of the area, according to Yerges, but grew up in Plymouth more than 50 years ago and “wish to support the community that helped provide (them) a memorable childhood.”

According to the MSA study, the shelter/pavilion “is designed to mimic a mill wheel as part of developing a unified brand for the area consistent with existing marketing and logo efforts of the city. The shelter area will provide a space for concerts, picnics and special events. It is conceptually located to provide views from East Mill Street.”

The MSA study estimated the cost of the shelter and patio at $160,000. Yerges noted in the press release that more funds will be needed for the project.

“This donation further shows the strong support for the Stayer Park rehab project as a major park offering for families and as an enhancement to the downtown area and activities such as Mill Street Day,” Yerges said in the press release.

Yerges went on to say that the Stayer Park project is one of two 2017 city projects aimed at enhancing the downtown experience in Plymouth.

The city’s Redevelopment Authority, in conjunction with the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp., is in the process of creating a Cheese Counter and Dairy Heritage Center in the formerly vacant building at 133 E. Mill St.


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